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Cherry Angiomas Cause Red Dots On Skin – How They Can Be Removed

Cherry angiomas are small, bright red dots or lumps on the skin that are common in older adults. Their cause is not well understood but they are what results when a cluster of tiny dilated capillaries gather near the surface of the skin. This article shares characteristics associated with cherry angiomas and the steps you can take to remove them from your skin.

Cherry Angiomas Causes And Symptoms

Cherry angiomas are due to the benign (non-cancerous) growth of blood vessels, yet what causes the growth is not fully understood. They can be found on the skin of any individual regardless of race or ethnic background. Increased age is a known risk factor for their development. They are very common after the age of 30 and increase in number as a person grows older.

Symptoms and identifying characteristics can range from a small, red, flat speck to a larger, rounded, bright-colored cherry-red bump. Some may appear purple in color and in rare cases the angioma may appear dark brown or black.

These skin lesions can be found anywhere on the body, but are more commonly found on the torso, face, scalp, neck, arms and legs. They are rarely found on the feet and hands. These small lesions do not cause pain.

Cherry Angiomas Diagnosis And Treatment

Diagnosis will rely heavily on identifying the distinct markings on a person’s skin. This is usually a self-diagnosis but a physician may identify them as well.

Cherry angiomas do not typically require any medical treatment and pose no danger. However, they can be considered cosmetically undesirable and therefore, can be removed. Techniques for removal may include:

  • Surgically removed by excision, which involves cutting away the area
  • Electrocautery, which involves burning away the area
  • Cryosurgery, which involves freezing away the area
  • Laser treatment, which involves treating the area with an intense light

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